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Who are you? A bilingual thespian who sings and plays
guitar, paints and writes. I like short walks on the beach
How long have you been a lesbian? I figured it out
when I was seventeen and have been a practising lesbian
Worst part of being a lesbian? Coming out is no walk
in the park and it’s very annoying when you say, “Sorry,
I’m a lesbian” and men hear, “Sorry, I’m a challenge”.
The worst part is our government’s 1950s approach to all
Since a young age you’ve been… On the
move. Born in New Zealand I moved
to Australia at nine. I’ve lived all over
Queensland and in Japan. I moved
to Sydney last year.
In five years’ time you’ll be...
Nothing in my life has been
predictable or part of a plan.
happy and in love.
Woman in the world you
most admire? Natasha
Stott Despoja. She has
been the little ray of
sunshine in a very bleak
Where can a girl buy
you a drink, and what’ll
it be? Come to my house
and have a cup of tea.
RENEE & NICCI
Why are Renee Schembri (Bitch) and Nicci Madden (Girlfest) getting together?
Nicci: We thought it would be a great opportunity for the women of Sydney to get a taste
of the music at Girlfest, and to ask as many questions as they like about Girlfest January
Renee: For the opportunity to work with Nicci and support what I think is a fantastic
festival. In its first year Girlfest showed what a great event it is, a credit to Nicci’s concept
and hard work.
Tell us about your combined December event – BitchFest.
N: BitchFest offers women of Sydney an opportunity to listen to DJ Neroli, chat to the
Girlfest Pink Girls, and ask questions about Girlfest and the artists performing on Australia
Day long weekend. You also get a rare opportunity to win two tickets to the biggest
lesbian event in Australia valued at $500.
R: BitchFest incorporates DJs from Bitch and Girlfest in a night of funky sounds. And it’s a
pleasure to show Nicci, Neroli and the Girlfest crew an awesome Sydney night out.
With your combined talents BitchFest will be huge!
N: Bitch is one of the most well known girls’ nights in Sydney. Renee has a vibrant and
electric personality that she brings this to her business. Mix this with my Girlfest brand
(party-central on the Gold Coast) and you can’t help but have an awesome night.
R: Nicci has worked hard to bring a high quality festival to fruition and I am pleased to be
working with her. It’s important for promoters to work with each other and provide the best
events for girls we possibly can.
Best thing about being involved in lesbian events?
N: I produce something that brings happy times for thousands of women in my community.
No matter what you do for a living, where you live, your dating status, or age – for three
days and nights you can be yourself in a safe and secure resort environment. The event
supports gay and lesbian owned businesses, and my partner Wendy and I have made
new friends through our travels promoting Girlfest around Australia.
R: I enjoy the ability to create a weekly night that encompasses everything I always wanted
in a night. I love looking out over the club on a pumping Friday and seeing girls from all
walks of life coming together to appreciate fantastic music and each other.
Why should lesbians travel to Bitch, Girlfest and BitchFest?
N: Girlfest provides something that has never been offered in Australia. It is truly a lesbian
event that brings women from all sections of the community and country together to party,
make new friends, or make great memories with old friends. It is another option for the
lesbian community of Australia.
R: Bitch is a fantastic night out, each week different. Alongside our resident DJs is an
ever-changing array of guest DJs, live musicians and diverse, funky shows.
With summer coming Bitch is set to get even hotter. We also
produce special big events: from BitchFest to this New
Year’s Eve Bitch.
For the best of Girlfest and Bitch don’t miss
BitchFest, December 1, DeckBar, Taylor Square.
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